Tour companies see jump in customers, anticipate increased demand this summer

  • Visitors load onto a Polynesian Adventures bus after visiting the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens on March 9. (photos by Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Awana Akau answers questions while watching his tour group exit the Wasabi Tours van at Rainbow Falls in Hilo on March 10.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Two tour groups look over Rainbow Falls in Hilo on Thursday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Awana Akau poses for a photo outside a Wasabi Tours van at Rainbow Falls in Hilo on Thursday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A visitor walks toward the Hawaii Green Tours van after stopping at Rainbow Falls in Hilo on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

  • Tourists get back on the Hoppa-On Hoppa-Off bus after exploring Reed’s Bay in Hilo on Feb. 18. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Tour companies on the Big Island are expecting a busier Spring Break and summer after Safe Travels Hawaii becomes part of the past.